Cerner Corp. (CERN) stock slips after being downgraded at Leerink Swann

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) shares fell on Thursday Dec 1 with lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a downgraded rating.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks opened with slight gains on Thursday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% rose 38.22 points, or 0.2%, to 19,174, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.01% added 2.1 points to 2,202, a rise of 0.1%.

The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.32% rose less than 1 point to 5,323, essentially unchanged on the day.
Shares of Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) were downgraded by analysts at Leerink Swann in a note to their investors today. With a rating of Market Perform on the stock, Cerner Corp. has a 52-week high of $67.50. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the stock in recent days, and Cerner Corp. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $62.19, higher than the opening price of $49.30, a difference of 12.88 percent. Important and major changes in the company’s actions, future outlook or industry can cause downgrades as the analysts believe that the future prospects for the security have dropped from the initial recommendation.

Shares of Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) opened at $49.30 on Tuesday and has traded in a range between, $48.26 and $49.87, and last traded at $48.28, which represents a dip of $1.50 per share or -3.01% from the previous closing price.

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) currently has a market cap of 16.39B.

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) Average Daily Trading Volume

558,084 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, below the norm, out of a total float 276,451,000. Investors often use increases in trading volume to pinpoint heavy volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days.

As with all possible breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% above normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By spotting trends, moving averages allow investors to make those trends work in their favor and increase the number of winning trades.

Trades for Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) have ranged from $48.04 – 67.50, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $55.06 and 200-day MA of $59.05. Today’s last price is 28.47%% below the 52 week high of $67.50.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings at least 25% or more for 3 consecutive years.

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